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Idiot America Audiobook

Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free

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Publisher's Summary

The culture wars are over and the idiots have won. This is a veteran journalist’s caustically funny, righteously angry lament about the glorification of ignorance in the United States.

The three Great Premises of Idiot America: · Any theory is valid if it sells books, soaks up ratings, or otherwise moves units; anything can be true if someone says it loudly enough; "fact" is that which enough people believe. And "truth" is determined by how fervently they believe it.

Charles Pierce has led a career-long quest to separate the smart from the pap, and now it’s time to try and salvage the Land of the Enlightened, buried somewhere in this new Home of the Uninformed. With his razor-sharp wit and erudite reasoning, Pierce delivers a gut-wrenching, side-splitting lament about the glorification of ignorance in the United States and how a country founded on intellectual curiosity has deteriorated into a nation of simpletons more apt to vote for an American Idol contestant than a presidential candidate.

With Idiot America, Pierce’s thunderous denunciation is also a secret call to action, as he hopes that, somehow, being intelligent will stop being a stigma and that pinheads will once again be pitied, not celebrated.

©2009 Charles P. Pierce (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“A raucous rant against the armies of the right…. Pierce is at his scathing, insightful best.” (Boston Globe)

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    "Good but repetitive"

    This book could have been much shorter. The author makes the same case over and over. It still worth reading.

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    FjHarty 05-08-14
    FjHarty 05-08-14

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    What made the experience of listening to Idiot America the most enjoyable?

    To me the examples resonated and were things that some of my more right leaning friends haven't thought through. I think there are many many more examples that make this "Idiot America"


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Nothing was really "compelling" but is pressed I would have to say the narrators tone at times.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    NO


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    video meliora proboque 06-21-16
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    "beyond knowledge and mental competence"

    Americans *are* exceptional. We're exceptionally jingoistic, bellicose, misogynistic, self-infatuated, ignorant, illiterate, sexually enamoured of instruments of death, and so phenomenally hubristic that we presume to consider ourselves "exceptional," whereas we enjoy a Gini Index of Wealth Inequality squarely athwart that of Rwanda! (factoid taken from that left-wing, conspiratorial document, The CIA Handbook) To be fair, it's not really our fault. The malevolent plutocracy has been engaged in a forty-year campaign so to undercut American education, that we've churned out a hopelessly stultified populace eager to wave flags, root for unnecessary wars, and cheer on their own economic evisceration as we obliterate the middle class and they all move to jobs flipping burgers. Exceptional!

    Pierce assembles a painfully graphic pastiche of the resultant cretinism rampant in the land, and of course, none of the dinosaur-saddling troglodytes will comprehend a word, nor will the vicious kakistocrats who've overseen the national lobotomy care a single whit. But it's worth reading (for the residue of us who still retain that faculty)... partly for its mordant humor, and partly for its historical significance as a requiem for American sentience.

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    James 06-23-17
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    "Every zealot should read this book book."

    The author points out the obvious flawed justification for a number of cultural phenomenon. Should be required reading (or listening) before being allowed to vote in the next presidential primary.

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    Joshua M. Kuo 06-19-17
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    "Full of biased rant"

    I consider myself a liberal, but the way the author expresses his clearly biased opinion turns me off, with every little shot he takes at political figures from the other side. If you enjoy that sort of poo slinging, this might be a fun book; but I suspect for most of us, even the most liberal minded, this is beneath us.

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    just asking for some common sense Massachusetts, USA 06-02-17
    just asking for some common sense Massachusetts, USA 06-02-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book, but too true"

    This is an amazing account of the demise of intelligence in America. This tells about how Americans are easily bamboozled by charlatans. Pierce talks about how the far right Christians have eschewed science for creationism that they often re-label intelligent design. There is nothing intelligent about it.

    I'm sad thinking about how much worse we've gotten since this book was written.

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    D. DOMINGUE 03-09-17
    D. DOMINGUE 03-09-17 Member Since 2017

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    "Explains How We Got to the 2016 Election"

    Mr. Pierce touches on subjects that divide our nation. So if you're too sensitive, avoid this book. Hot topics, like climate change and conservative talk shows, are brought up. He's highly critical, but rightfully so in many cases. Even if you disagree with him, is worth the opportunity for another POV.

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    Steelblue Chicago, IL USA 03-02-17
    Steelblue Chicago, IL USA 03-02-17 Member Since 2016

    Travel enough to make audible a good choice for learning while driving.

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    "The funniest scariest book you will ever read"

    If ever there was a more prescient book, I've not read it. Think about today.

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    Carissia 02-24-17
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    "Loved It"

    A must read for all Americans. A reality slap that we all need. Also gives you a good laugh. (:

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    Melissa 02-15-17
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    Funny, informative, articulate, opinionated but not pushing his opinion on you. Can't wait for his next book.

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